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  • Parents go to mat over kids' tae kwon do class

    A delegation of unhappy parents made an appearance at the June 18 meeting of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board to protest what they said was unfair treatment of tae kwon do instructor Tom Spratt.

    Spratt is a contract employee who has worked for the district for about 25 years. He usually teaches classes at both Wulf and Buchanan rec centers, but has withdrawn from the Buchanan site, saying his insurance won’t cover it because of physical changes made to the room.

  • Stevenson touts benefits of bond, tax increase

    “It’s not about new schools,” Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson says as she asks voters to support a proposed $350 million school bond issue, plus a $32 million permanent tax increase.

    It’s about bettering existing schools, keeping class size down and increasing graduation requirements, rather than bricks and mortar, Stevenson says.

    Stevenson spoke June 18 at Bergen Meadow Elementary School in Evergreen at a meeting of about 30 people, most of whom had children in Evergreen schools.

  • Artist's work, and his garden, give back to the community

    Don Sahli, a painter who has lived in Evergreen for the past 17 years, was trained in the Russian tradition of Impressionism and over time has combined this distinctive style of painting with his own American roots. The result is a powerful blend of stroke and color that has resulted in an international reputation in the art world.

    In 1995, Sahli opened the Sahli School of Art, using his garden and rustic homestead barn as the teaching ground for his students.

  • Model T show transports Hiwan Museum back in time

    A visitor to the Hiwan Homestead Museum on Saturday might have sworn he’d been transported back to the early 20th century, as cars, costumes and political agendas harkened back to those earlier days.

    The Ford Model T Centennial Festival featured nine Model Ts and one Model A in the museum parking lot, where spectators could inspect each car inside and out, take photos and talk to the owners. One car’s front license plate went so far as to declare, “If this car gets any older, I’ll have to shoot it.”

  • Evergreen family reaches Mount Shasta summit

    The Wilhelm family of Evergreen successfully reached the summit of Mount Shasta last week in their effort to honor Mark Wilhelm’s mother and her battle with breast cancer.

    On June 18, Wilhelm, his wife, Nancy, and son Brandon joined 30 breast cancer survivors and others affected by the disease in climbing the 14,162-foot peak in Northern California

    "I would like to thank the community, friends and family for their support,"

    Mark Wilhelm said. "It was a fantastic experience, emotionally and spiritually,

  • Proposed building projects alarm Buchanan Park neighbors

    A neighborhood group is up in arms about the magnitude of the proposed unfunded structural amenities and parking lots described in the master plan for Buchanan Park in North Evergreen.

    A concept drawing shows a community center complex with three buildings, an outdoor amphitheater, a picnic pavilion, festival grounds and parking for dozens of cars, northeast of the existing ball fields.

  • Ex-EHS teacher guilty of sex assault

    Former Evergreen High music teacher William Eisenman, on trial for 13 sexual assault counts involving sexual relations with two students, was found guilty June 24 of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

    He also was convicted of providing alcohol to a minor but was acquitted of one count of unlawful sexual contact. He faces a mandatory prison term of eight to 24 years in prison, and possibly life behind bars. A sentencing date had yet to be set.

  • Floats fill downtown for a sassy spectacle

    Horses, floats and firefighters graced the streets of Evergreen during Saturday’s Rodeo Parade, as a crowd of 3,000 gathered on a beautiful 75-degree day to watch the annual Western-themed walk.

    “It gets better every year,” said spectator Casey Downare.

    The parade sauntered down Highway 74 into downtown, where three judges sized up the floats based on crowd appeal, originality and use of this year’s theme, Belles and Bulls. The Evergreen High Poms won a $50 cash prize, and three more prizes were awarded later.

  • The buck starts here: Celebrity bull riding lassos another kind of bucks

    Just when you thought Rodeo Weekend couldn’t get wilder, woollier or wackier, on June 13 the ever-innovative Evergreen Rodeo Association kicked off Friday Night Bulls with some rootin’, tootin’ and hootin’ at the expense of the high-falutin’.

    “We’re calling it the Celebrity Buck-off,” said association honcho Gail Ridings. “Last year’s ATV raffle was a big pain in the neck, and we thought this would be a fun way to raise some money for improvements on the rodeo grounds.”

  • Evergreen family climbing Mount Shasta to fight cancer

    Nancy Wilhelm has never been a big fan of climbing mountains, but when it comes to raising money for breast cancer research, she’d do just about anything.

    The Evergreen resident, along with her husband, Mark, and son, Brandon, is climbing Mount Shasta in Northern California this week.

    “I’m not used to climbing mountains, but I’m out there for a purpose,” Nancy said.